Almanack Contributor Colin Beier

Colin Beier

Dr. Colin Beier is an Associate Professor of Ecology in the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management at SUNY ESF. Dr. Beier is a member of ESF's Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb and an Affiliate Fellow of the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont.

Among other projects in the Adirondack and Northern Forest regions, he leads the SUNY ESF team on the Great South Woods Complex Planning project, funded by NYSDEC.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

What Is The ‘Great South Woods’?

Great South Woods AdirondacksIt is not a tourism campaign, or a new branding effort, or a marketing scheme.

It is not the southern portion of St. Lawrence County portrayed by author Peter O’Shea. Nor is it somewhere deep in the Smoky Mountains, or in the longleaf pine forests of Florida and Georgia.

It is the first step of a new effort to take a fresh look at recreation in the Adirondack Park.

What we are calling the Great South Woods is over two million acres – about one-third of the entire Adirondack Park – south of Routes 28 and 28N, west of the Northway (I-87) and Route 9, and north and east of the Blue Line. » Continue Reading.